The inauspicious timing of the inaugural National Conservatism Conference

As the conservative intelligentsia gathered in Washington to defend a high-minded idea of nationalism, the president spewed bigotry

The White House.
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The relationship between ideas and reality can be a funny thing.

On Monday, on the first full day of the Edmund Burke Foundation's inaugural National Conservatism Conference in Washington, D.C., ballrooms full of right-of-center intellectuals and journalists heard a stream of thoughtful and impassioned speakers defend a high-minded idea of nationalism just a couple of miles from a White House where, just one day previously, a self-described nationalist president spewed xenophobic bigotry at a handful of his congressional critics.

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